Rashid Bashir

Dean, Grainger College of Engineering

W. W. Grainger Chair, Bioengineering

Research Program: Cancer Measurement Technology and Data Science
Strategic Theme: Molecular Measurement

Rashid Bashir’s research group is developing micro and nanoscale sensors for early diagnostics of cancer and infectious diseases. He is very active in bioengineering education and was the principal investigator of the NIH NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer-funded training grant. His research integrates biology and medicine with micro and nanotechnology in two broad areas: how micro/nanotechnology can help solve problems in life sciences (diagnostics and therapeutics) and how life science can help solve issues in micro/nanotechnology (bio-inspired self-assembly). His research projects span from solid-state nanopores to 3D fabrication due to his interest in bionanotechnology, biosensors and bioelectronics, and nanotechnology.

Rashid Bashir received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University and his MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He is the Dean of the Grainger College of Engineering and is the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. He is a Professor of Bioengineering and holds affiliate appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois. He has been involved in three startups that have licensed his technologies. He has authored or co-authored 220+ journal papers and 200+ conference papers and abstracts, given 120+ invited talks, and received 40+ patents. He was an NSF Faculty Early Career Award winner and a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, and APS. He also serves as a Professor at Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, NCSA, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and the Materials Research Lab. At the Cancer Center at Illinois, he mentors the TiME program.